Category Archives: Crates Projects

Repurposing a Vintage Crate

Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner
  • Minwax Water Based Polycrylic
  • 4 casters
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Dust cloth

Old vintage crate ready to use in refurb project

I’ve had this old wooden beer crate so long I couldn’t recall where I got it. But when my son Eric, who enjoys a good craft beer, asked me to keep an eye out for a vintage beer crate, I was still able to recall where I had stuck this one.

1. Clean the wood with a wood-cleaning spray

Using Minwax wood cabinet cleaner spray to clean old vintage crateNeedless to say, it had accumulated some barn dirt, so the first thing to do was to clean off the dust and grime with Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner and a soft cloth.

2. Apply a protective polycrylic finish
Minwax polycrylic spray

As soon as it dried, I applied two coats of Minwax Water Based Polycrylic, knowing the clear finish would protect the original stenciled letters without affecting the color. The aerosol can made getting the polycrylic inside the crate even easier than using a brush.

3. Attach casters to the bottom of the crate

Attaching casters to old vintage crate makes it mobile

Then to make it easy for Eric to move it around in his apartment, I added four low casters to the underside of the crate.

Finished vintage crate project with casters

And with his birthday coming up, Eric will soon have a unique, vintage beer crate in his apartment for magazines, books — or whatever he chooses to store in it.

Until next time,

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Create a Table from Vintage Crates

Anytime I see a stack of old shipping crates, or even just one, my mind starts thinking about possible ways to re-purpose them while still maintaining their vintage look.

I typically start by making sure the nails are snug, the metal won’t snag anything, and the wood and lettering is protected by a coat of satin Minwax® Wipe-On Poly.

For this project I picked up a pre-glued, round, unfinished top, then stained it using Minwax® Wood Finish™ in Classic Gray. After the stain dried, I sealed the top with two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane.

All it then took was a wood screw through the inside of the crate to secure the top in place. I then slipped it into the house and put it beside our couch to hold glasses, coffee mugs, magazines, and pottery.

Until next time,

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Repurpose Wooden Crates with This Project

Wooden crates are very popular right now, both unfinished and vintage, for in addition to being inexpensive and sturdy, they are also versatile.

My latest project involved two unfinished crates, which I stained using Minwax® Gel Stain in the “Coffee” color. I selected gel stain because its thicker consistency helped me control the stain in and around the many slats in each crate.

I then picked up one of my latest favorite components:  a pre-glued, non-plywood, wide panel of pine boards. They save time and they save you from making a mess when gluing narrow boards together. They also stain much better than plywood.

I could have left it natural for a contrast to the crates, or stained it a different color, but this time I opted for a more traditional look. Once again, I reached for Minwax® Gel Stain in “Coffee” and finished the crates with two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane for the protection.

By standing the two crates on end, I created a table tall enough to go against the back of a sofa or the end of a bed, and the crates provide great storage for magazines and books. But you could also do something a little different ….

Simply by turning the crates on their sides, I could create a lower coffee table to sit in front of a couch – and I still have the storage space inside each of the crates.

Until next time,

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Create a Centerpiece For All Seasons

When I spotted this old wooden crate stuck away and nearly forgotten, I decided that I could find a new use for it — and create something unique for our house.

After wiping off the dust, I rubbed on a coat of clear satin Minwax® Wipe-On Poly. It sealed the wood, made minor scuff marks and scratches disappear, and gave the old crate a satin rather than gloss appearance that preserved its antique look.

I then took a piece of inexpensive florist’s foam, cut it to fit the crate, and then slipped it in.

I now have a unique centerpiece that I can easily change with the seasons simply by swapping out these artificial flowers with whatever ones match the month.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!